David Desharnais – who was in the pressbox for the Canadiens' first two Shootouts this season – beat Curtis McElhinney to secure a 3-2 win for the Canadiens in Columbus.
The home team led 2-0 on goals by Canadiens nemesis R.J. Umberger and Artem Anisimov when, with eight seconds left in the first period, Alex Galchenyuk stole the puck from Fedor Tyutin and raced in to beat McElhinney.
Lars Eller then tied the game at 2-2 on a power-play goal in the second period.
A scoreless third period and overtime set the table for heroics by Desharnais and Petr Budaj, who stopped all three Blue Jackets in the Shootout.
Columbus had the better chances, but Peter Budaj was hot.
So, another shootout
Galchenyuk: Save ... weird one
Anisimov: Glove save
Neither team had golden chances.
The Canadiens outshot Columbus 11-5.
On the game, the Canadiens had a season-high 40 shots to 21 for the home team
Power play strikes again
Lars Eller scored his seventh of the season during a Canadiens power play.
The shots, at one point, were 12-1 and ended 15-6 in favour of the Canadiens.
Michel Therrien juggled his third and fourth lines, with David Desharnais moving up to centre Rene Bourque and Max Pacioretty while Daniel Brière dropped down to join Ryan White and Travis Moen.
Fresh off a shoulder injury that sidelined him 11 games, Brandon Prust fought Jared Boll.
Two bizarros, then a beauty
Columbus took the lead on two weird goals in less than two minutes.
A shot by R.J.F. Umberger, from a bad angle, seemed to change direction off Josh Gorges' skate before finding its way between Peter Budaj's legs.
They had barely announced that one when a sustained bout of Blue Jacket pressure led to Douglas murray sending Nikita Nikitin crashing into and upending Budaj. While this was going on, Artem Anisimov's point shot hit Daniel Brière's stick, bouned up in the air and sailed in over a prosptrate Budaj.
With the seconds of the period ticking down, Alex Galchenyuk stripped the puck from a sleepy Fyodor Tutin and skated in to beat Curtis McElhinney.
The Canadiens has a 14-10 shot advantage.
Friday Night in Columbus
Sounds like the title of a buddy movie, starring Jason Segel and Seth Rogen as two schmoes looking for a good time in Middle America.
Columbus would be jumping if Ohio State were playing a home game on Saturday, but the Buckeyes travel to the University of Illinois this week.
So the only game in town is hockey, with your Montreal Canadiens seeking their second win of what's been a tough month: 1-4-2.
The Canadiens have been idle since losing to Tampa Bay in a Shootout Tuesday night.
The Blue Jackets were 3-2 losers in Boston on Friday.
Peter Budaj in nets. Brendan Gallagher out with the flu. Brandon Prust is back, as is David Desharnais.